Witnesses claimed that the man appeared to have been drinking heavily and making ‘monkey noises’ at cabin crew when he was refused alcohol around two hours into the flight.
It has emerged that Sheeran agreed to a selfie with fan Dan Haughian at the departure gate in Miami before the flight. The popstar is not believed to have been near the alleged incident.
Ed Sheeran posed for a selfie with Dan Haughian at Miami before the flight
This image shows the moment a ‘drunk’ passenger allegedly hurled racist abuse at cabin crew staff on the BA flight from Miami to London Heathrow on Monday night
‘When they refused to give him any booze, he started making monkey noises and gestures at cabin crew.’
He told the Sun: ‘The language coming out of his mouth was worse than you’d hear at a footie match.’
Dan claimed children witnessed the incident and that a few people shouted ‘good riddance’ at him as he was led away.
The passenger reportedly had to be restrained by a former police officer and two others on the flight before he was taken to a jump seat, usually reserved for cabin crew. He remained supervised for the remainder of the flight, with the journey continuing as normal to England.
Sheeran, pictured in New York in September 2023
File image of an Airbus A319-100. The passenger was arrested after the alleged incident
One passenger claimed: ‘There was serious racist abuse to an air steward, as well as threatening behaviour. Many people on board were frightened and distressed.’
A spokesperson for the Met Police earlier said: ‘At 01:59hrs on Tuesday, 24 October, officers at Heathrow Airport received a report that a passenger on a flight arriving from Miami had made racist comments towards other passengers and crew members.
‘Officers met the aircraft on arrival and a 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. He remains in custody.’
A spokesperson for the Met Police told MailOnline today: ‘At 01:59hrs on Tuesday, 24 October officers at Heathrow Airport received a report that a passenger on a flight arriving from Miami had made racist comments towards other passengers and crew members.
‘Officers met the aircraft on arrival and a 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.
‘He was taken to a west London police station and was later released under investigation pending further enquiries.’
A BA spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Disruptive behaviour will never be tolerated on board our aircraft and we will always take the appropriate action.’
MailOnline has contacted Sheeran’s representatives for comment.